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Instant Pot Chicken with Cherries & Pumpkin Seed Wild Rice

By , July 31, 2012

Recipe by: Natural Chef Dana MillerChicken with Cherries and Pumpkin Seed Wild Rice

Serves 4-8

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ c evaporated palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 orange peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, julienned
  • 12 chicken thighs
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted and halved fresh Bing Cherries

Wild Rice

  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 1/3 cups wild rice, rinsed
  •  ¼ cup butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted and halved fresh Bing cherries ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds Sea salt to taste

Directions

1.     In the liner of the instant pot add the balsamic vinegar, evaporated palm sugar, molasses, butter, orange and onion. Mix well.

2.     Add the chicken, salt and rosemary. Stir to coat.

3.      Add the cherries. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew button; adjust time so that the pressure time is 25 minutes.

4.     When done and pressure has naturally released, remove the lid

For the rice while the chicken is cooking

5.     Bring veggie stock to boil in a medium saucepan on the stove top. Add rinsed wild rice. Cover and simmer for 50 minutes.

6.     In a large sauté pan, heat butter. Sauté onion until caramelized.

7.     Add tomato and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions and tomato to the rice.

8.     Add cherries to the sauté pan and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until soft and juicey.

9.     Add cherries and toasted pumpkin seeds to the rice. Stir to incorporate. Add salt if needed.

10.    To serve: Place wild rice on a serving platter and top with chicken. Pour juices from the chicken over the entire platter and garnish with rosemary.

I served with sautéed kale.

Untraditional Beef Rouladen

By , April 26, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B. G.

Untraditional Beef Rouladen 300x225 Untraditional Beef RouladenWhenever we had friends for dinner my father would attempt beef rouladen…a traditional European Recipe.  He would do it the regular way with ham, dill pickles, celery etc.  Often it was hit and miss for him…sometimes the meat would turn out too tough, he slow cooked it in the oven for a long time.  We loved it any which way. When I started to experiment with a pressure cooker I would also make the Rouladen the traditional way.  Then I started to improvise and combine and came up with a Beef Rouladen Recipe that my family just loves.  I make it in an electric pressure cooker and have not had a failed result yet!  We love it.  Quick and easy.  It takes no time at all and company thinks I slaved all day!  Here it is:

Teresa’s Untraditional Beef Rouladen – Pressure Cooked

Ingredients:

  • Standing boneless rib roast – about 2 pounds boneless.  I buy it on sale and have it frozen on hand.  I am sure other cuts of  beef can be used as well, especially in a pressure cooker
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup raisins, preferably golden but the others work as well.  Or experiment and used  dried fruit cut up….apricots or prunes
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 cup seasoned stove top stuffing
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1/4 tsp of each)
  • 2 tsps. Powdered beef bouillon (optional).  If you use the bouillon, do not use the salt.
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 – 4  carrots (depending on size and preference) peeled and cut into pieces or a cup or two of packaged ‘baby’ carrots
  • 1 cup of beef bouillon – I boil water and put a tbsp. of powdered beef bouillon into it
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or 2 tbsp fresh thyme cut up Cooking oil Fresh parsley (optional)

Method:

Cut the roast into six equal slices (about ¾ to 1 inch thickness each).  I pound these slices to ¼ or ½ inch thickness.  Truly, I do not even measure – I just pound them flatter.

Heat up your electric pressure cooker on the sauté function.

Melt ¼ cup butter, add the powdered beef bouillon and swish around a bit.

Sauté ½ cup onion, celery, garlic, raisins until onions are translucent (few minutes) and then add the stove top stuffing and the 2 tbsp (or little more) of water. Season with a little salt and pepper.  When I use the powdered bouillon, I do not use the salt.  Mix together.

Divide this above ‘stuffing’ amongst the pounded slices of beef.  Mound the stuffing at one end of each steakette and roll it up .  You may tie it with a string or skewer it with small metal skewers to keep it rolled up.

I heat the pressure cooker again, heat the oil – amount depends on how many roll ups you have – and I brown all of the rolls.

On top of the browned rolls in the pressure cooker I put in the carrots, the other ½ cup of onions, the cup of liquid beef bouillon with the 1 tbsp of tomato puree mixed into it, bay leaves, thyme and the pepper to taste.

I secure the lid and on an electric pressure cooker I use the meat setting.  If you would rather use the timed setting then it is 15 minutes.  I let the pressure naturally release.  When done I put the rolls on a plate, place the carrots on top and remove the bay leaves.  I heat the pressure cooker and I thicken the gravy by sprinkling flour over top, letting it soak in and stir.  I pour some of the gravy over the rolls and put the rest in a gravy boat for company to use.  Sprinkle everything with fresh parsley (optional).

Absolutely delicious.

I will NEVER cook it any other way…..so tender, so full of flavour.  My family begs for  my rouladen.

Fudgy, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

By , April 26, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B. G.

I have made cheesecakes for years….some have turned out and some have not.  Doing a lot of reading I discovered that the best way to bake a cheesecake is to use a water bath method.  This was very time consuming and I just did not want to do it…..it still dropped in the middle etc.  When I began experimenting with the electric pressure cooker I realized that the pressure cooker IS a water bath…..perfect.  A recipe my daughter and I always used was one that we kind of threw together , having made so many cheesecakes.  Traditionally in the oven, this recipe would work, then not…too undercooked, too overcooked…it was good tasting but never came out right.  So, we thought, let us try it in the pressure cooker as others have tried their recipes.

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake 300x225 Fudgy, Chocolate Chip CheesecakeWe did it and FIRST TIME out of the pressure cooker it was utter perfection.  Here it is:

Brownie bottom Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup Fry’s Cocoa Powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup white flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups water

Method:

Melt the butter in the microwave or stove top, mix in the cocoa powder.  Let cool.

In a large bowl mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.  Then add the honey, slightly beaten eggs and the cooled butter/cocoa mixture.  Mix together well.

Grease an 8 inch springform pan.   Pour the brownie mix into the pan, cover with aluminum foil all round.  Pour the water into the pressure cooker, place  a trivet or steamer so it sits above the water level and lower your pan levelly on top of the trivet using the aluminum ‘handle’ to lower in and to take out after cooking.  This handle is simply made with a two foot piece of aluminum foil, folded into thirds lengthwise. Place your pan centered on the foil strip and lower using the ‘aluminum’ handles, then just fold the handles over the top.  This method is shown on many pressure cooking web sites.

Lock the lid in place and pressure cook for 35 minutes.

While this is pressure cooking, make your filling.

Cheesecake filling Ingredients:

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese softened and at room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Method:

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until fluffy but DO NOT OVERBEAT….just enough to make it smooth.  Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk – again minimum beating.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Remember to mix as little as possible….you do not want a bunch of air in the cheesecake.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

When the brownie bottom finishes cooking, release the pressure by quick release, remove the pan from the pressure cooker using the arms to lift it out and pour the filling into the pan on top of the brownie bottom.  The filling will push the brownie bottom around but that is what it is supposed to do…..does not matter.  It may even look like the bottom is not cooked but it does not matter.

Lower the pan into the pressure cooker again….do not bother covering it with aluminum.

Make sure nothing interferes with the lid.

Lock the lid in place and time cook for 15 minutes.

Then let it naturally release and leave it in the pressure cooker on the ‘keep warm’ (it automatically does that) for about 6 hours. Do NOT open it up to look at it.  It will be just fine. This is what a water bath is.

After six hours, remove it and let it cool.  If there is a bit of water on top, just blot it off.

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cream heated to boiling
  • 9 ounces chocolate chips
  • Whipping cream and strawberries optional

Method:

While the cheesecake is in the pressure cooker for 6 hours, heat 8 ounces of cream to boiling in a measuring cup in the microwave, then put 9 ounces of chocolate chips into the cream and stir until all the chips have melted .  Let stand in kitchen until ready to use.

After 6 hours in the pressure cooker, remove the cheesecake/pan, blot the bit of water that may be on the top and pour the melted chocolate topping over top – it will look beautifully smooth. There is a lot of chocolate sauce, so you will not use it all on the top.  The rest can be refrigerated and then heated a bit to pour over the cake when serving individual slices…if you want .  Or puddle it on each plate and place slice of cheesecake on top!  Or only make half the amount of melted chocolate.  Up to you.

When completely cooled, remove the springform pan sides and you can decorate the top with whipping cream and strawberries should you wish.

It really is very easy to do and is absolutely stunning….at least 2 inches tall, does not drop in the middle, textured beautifully and to die for!

Cabernet Short Ribs on Rosemary Fettucine Alfredo

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by: Jamie B.-M.

Ingredients:

  • 8 beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ bulb fennel, sliced
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches watercress, trimmed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups asiago cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 package fettucine

Instructions:

Sprinkle beef short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat canola oil to medium-high heat in a large skillet and add beef short ribs. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place beef short ribs in the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 Pressure Cooker and add the fennel, cabernet sauvignon and beef broth. Lock lid in place, choose the beef setting and cook for 35 minutes.

While the beef cooks: Whisk together the mustard, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl. Toss with the watercress and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low-medium heat. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Add the asiago cheese a little at a time and melt completely. Add the nutmeg and rosemary, stirring to blend. Keep this sauce on low heat until ready to use.

When beef short ribs have 15 minutes until they are done cooking, boil a large pot of salted water. Add fettucine and cook according to package directions. Strain and add to the saucepan with the sauce and stir to combine. Divide onto four dinner plates and top with equal amounts of the dressed watercress. Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and place two ribs onto the watercress on each plate. Serve.
Serves four.